Situated in beautiful Stuttgart, Germany, the Mercedes-Benz Museum houses the "strongest artificially generated tornado in the world", according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This 112.86-feet-tall monster was created to generate a controlled life-saving form of fluid mechanics that opens up new architectural possibilities. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.
The architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum (designed by UNStudio) placed particular demands on construction planners, architects and engineers with regard to smoke elimination. The provisions of the approving authority and fire protection regulations require all areas outside the fire level to be smoke-free in the event of smoke emission.
It was necessary to take a new approach, and so a globally unique smoke elimination system was developed especially for the Mercedes-Benz Museum. In the event of fire, 144 outlets located along the core walls inject air into the interior courtyard of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. This generates an artificial tornado, and the smoke collected is then discharged into the outside air via a smoke elimination ventilator located in the upper part of the building.